Good and Bad Things About Social Media

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March 6, 2019 by thewashingteenian

There are two things we should learn about social media: it helps us get more information about what is going on in our lives, yet it also gives us more difficulty in understanding each other. In this article I’d like to describe what I consider to be the positive and negative aspects of social media.

Social media connects people to each other, allowing them to communicate easily over long distances. For example, how many of us have used social media to connect with old friends from other schools? Businesses can also use social media to advertise, find out what customers like and dislike about their products and services, and connect to other professionals in their field. Social media gives everyone an equal voice, regardless of how much money or education they have. It can also be a harmless way to get some amusement if there’s nothing to do.

Not everything about social media is good, however. It can reduce our productivity by taking our full attention off of work or school. Social media can also become addictive.  When people post things online, it can attract negative, judgmental attention from others, which in turn can make us feel upset. Sometimes people use social media for cyberbullying, which can lead to destructive consequences for everyone involved.  Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, creating a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

We need other people to truly thrive. Social media has the power to connect us with people we may never meet in person, yet we’re still able to form relationships with them that are just as strong (and, I’ve found, in many cases even stronger) as our relationships with people we know in person. The tool of social media must be used wisely in order to take advantage of its benefits and avoid its problems.

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